ATHLETICS | Following successful postseason runs and 40 combined wins between LMU’s two basketball programs, the 2019-20 season approaches with even more optimism and excitement. The best way to not miss a moment of the action from Gersten Pavilion is by purchasing men’s and women’s basketball tickets.
Continuing last season’s successful pricing, men’s basketball season tickets will start at just $99 again, with reserved seats priced only $50 higher. In an effort to provide fans with an enhanced experience, courtside seating is also now available at a new price of only $599. Next season’s WCC schedule includes visits from Gonzaga, St. Mary’s, BYU, Pepperdine and more to Gersten Pavilion. Season seats on the women’s basketball side start at just $55 for the year, with courtside seats priced at $199. All nine WCC opponents will be on campus this season.
A new leader has been selected for LMU rowing. Karl Huhta has been named as the head coach of the men’s and women’s rowing teams, it was announced by Athletic Director Craig Pintens. Huhta comes to LMU following four seasons at Washington State where he was responsible for coaching the Varsity 4+ crews and most recently led the Cougars to their second Varsity 4+ victory at the 2019 San Diego Crew Classic. Huhta and his staff also notched a 7th-place finish at the 2019 Pac-12 Rowing Championships.
LMU volleyball standout Sara Kovac has signed a pro contract to play in Slovenia. Kovac will head to Nova Gorica to start her professional career after she represents Canada in the Pan American Games, which will be held in August in Peru. The Niagara Falls native led the Lions in kills her senior season with a total of 448 in leading LMU to the second round of the NCAA Tournament after taking down Duke in a 3-0 sweep. Kovac ranked second in the West Coast Conference for kills per set, as she tallied an average 3.94, earning a spot on the 2018 WCC Volleyball First Team.
Loyola Marymount pitcher Hannah Bandimere has signed a contract to play professional softball with the Terrasvogels in Haarlem, Netherlands. Bandimere was second in the WCC in earned run average with 2.26 on the season, pitching 179.1 innings, and striking outy 118. Her senior season, Bandimere picked up 18 wins and had a no-hitter, leading the Lions to their NISC Regional Championship. The Carlsbad, California, native will be joining the highest level of softball in the Netherlands. The Terrasvogels travel around Europe to play and will compete in the European Cup.
The Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches have revealed the recipients for the 2019 Women’s All-Academic Awards. Six Lions received Outstanding recognition, an additional seven received Superior recognition, and one received Excellent recognition. As a team, LMU’s 3.25 collective GPA earned recognition for being above the 3.0 mark. The ACWPC scholar athletes are grouped based on grade point average: Outstanding (4.0-3.71), Superior (3.70-3.41), and Excellent (3.40-3.20).